film The Greatest Boxer Characters in Film  

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Float like a butterfly, sting like a bee – and act like a superstar. That seems to be Hollywood's philosophy towards boxing. The classic sport has inspired countless movies and larger-than-life figures over the years. The greatest boxer characters in film are beloved for their grit and determination, not to mention their jaw-dropping ability to take a punch (or several).

When considering the best boxer characters in film, one word comes immediately to mind: Rocky. Sylvester Stallone first brought this fan-favorite underdog to the big screen with the 1976 hit, Rocky. The character proved so popular that he's gone on to appear in seven films to date. Robert De Niro won an Academy Award for his gritty portrayal of real-life boxer Jake LaMotta in Raging Bull. Representing the world of women's boxing, Hilary Swank broke hearts and bones as Maggie Fitzgerald in Clint Eastwood's Million Dollar Baby, and Michelle Rodriguez donned gloves and entered the ring in Girlfight.

The fight is on. Which silver screen fighter will take the title as the greatest boxer character of all time? Vote up your favorite fictional boxers, vote down the ones that aren't knockouts, and add characters that are missing from the list.

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Rocky Balboa is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Greatest Boxer Characters in Film
Rocky Balboa Rocky V, Rocky IV, Rocky II

The Best Heavyweight Boxers of All Time The Most Horrifying Found-Footage Movies

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Apollo Creed is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Greatest Boxer Characters in Film
Apollo Creed Rocky IV, Rocky, Rocky II

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Jake LaMotta is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Greatest Boxer Characters in Film
Jake LaMotta Raging Bull

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Muhammad Ali is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Greatest Boxer Characters in Film

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Jim Braddock is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Greatest Boxer Characters in Film
Jim Braddock Cinderella Man

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Micky Ward is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Greatest Boxer Characters in Film
Micky Ward The Fighter

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Adonis Creed is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Greatest Boxer Characters in Film
Adonis Creed Creed

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Rubin 'Hurricane' Carter is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Greatest Boxer Characters in Film
Rubin "Hurricane" Carter The Hurricane

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Jack Dempsey is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Greatest Boxer Characters in Film
Jack Dempsey Dempsey

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Billy Hope is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Greatest Boxer Characters in Film
Billy Hope Southpaw

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Maggie Fitzgerald is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Greatest Boxer Characters in Film
Maggie Fitzgerald Million Dollar Baby

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Manny Pacquaio is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Greatest Boxer Characters in Film
Rizky Radhi added Manny Pacquaio Pacquiao: The Movie

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Gabriel Caine is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Greatest Boxer Characters in Film
"Honey" Roy Palmer Diggstown

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Mickey O'Neil is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Greatest Boxer Characters in Film
Mickey O'Neil Snatch, Ultimate Fights

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Jack Jefferson is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Greatest Boxer Characters in Film
Jack Jefferson The Great White Hope

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Diana Guzman is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Greatest Boxer Characters in Film
Diana Guzman Girlfight

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Danny Flynn is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Greatest Boxer Characters in Film
Danny Flynn The Boxer

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Champ is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Greatest Boxer Characters in Film
Champ Resurrecting the Champ

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Joe Bonaparte is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Greatest Boxer Characters in Film
Joe Bonaparte Golden Boy